Audubon® Prairie Blazing Star
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You may have seen Blazing Star in a flower bouquet and didn’t know what it was. Well, this perky Spirit’s tall, slim, pinkish-lavender flower spikes look just as beautiful in your garden as they do in a bouquet! What’s more, in the garden they attract welcome wildlife. Prairie Blazing Star’s mid- to late summer flowers are downright addictive to monarch butterflies, and swallowtails, viceroys, painted ladies, buckeyes, and skippers will not pass them by, either. In the fall, chickadees, goldfinches, juncos, and sparrows will arrive. They’ll cling to the swaying, wand-like stems as they dig out the nutritious seeds.
May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees, finches, sparrows & juncos.
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
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- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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Prairie Blazing Star was once a component of the majestic tallgrass prairie that covered vast portions of our country’s midsection. Its native range extends from Minnesota to Louisiana and encompasses most of the adjacent states along that corridor. In the wild, Prairie Blazing Star nourishes butterflies and songbirds, along with hummingbirds and many native bees. Another interesting insect that Blazing Star supports is the glorious flower moth; its caterpillars eat the flowers and developing seeds. This pretty little rose, tan, and cream moth is rarely seen today—it depends on us to keep its food source available to ensure its survival. Plant more Blazing Star!
Prairie Blazing Star just has to be different. Have you ever noticed that nearly all plants open their flower clusters from the bottom to the top? (They do.) This plant opens its blossoms from the top to the bottom. Blazing Star makes an excellent cut flower, and because of its unique blooming habit, the top of the spike may be snipped off as the old flowers fade, keeping the bouquet looking fresh.
How to Grow
A native of the tallgrass prairie, Prairie Blazing Star is adapted to deep, rich soil that doesn’t get too dry in summer or too wet in winter. It will grow in clay if drainage is decent. Plant it in all-day sun, so the flower spikes grow nice and straight; in partial shade, they’ll twist and turn to reach the light. Prairie Blazing Star may take a little while to get going, but once it’s established, it grows vigorously. It handles high heat and humidity with ease, and it’s cold-hardy to northern Minnesota (-40ºF!).
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